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Vegan Heirloom beans – Lebanese traditional fasoulia bi zeit


Vegan Heirloom beans - lebanese fasoulia bzeit|marmite et ponpon

I heart our Lebanese cuisine for how versatile and wholesome is. Cooking traditional Lebanese is a pleasure, with few ingredients you can have a surprisingly deep flavor dish. Vegan, vegetarian or with meat the same dish can be presented, and each time as a symphony of blended middle eastern flavors.

Today’s dish is vegan heirloom beans, can be done with also pinto beans. Fasoulia (beans) bi zeit (zeit is oil, meaning meatless), when you say bi zeit immediately you think of eating Lebanese bread to substitute rice. Almost all Lebanese vegan dishes can be presented hot or at room temperature, as main dish or even part of mezze but the one thing for sure, is with bread and lots of vegetables. I told you we eat very healthy 🙂

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If you are cooking with dried beans, you need to soak them in water for at least 12 hours and better overnight. I am cooking with green ones, thanks for my parents who sent me some overseas.

One cup can serve 2-4 people depending on how you are serving it. I will make 2 cups in this recipe, (almost half a kilo) to serve 4 as a main dish.

  • 2 cups heirloom|pinto beans
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 big onion finely diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato puree plus 2 tbsp tomato paste (for deeper flavor)
  • salt to taste

In a deep pot fry the onions and garlic in olive oil until tender and fragrant.If you are not fan of garlic you can substitute with one tsp garlic salt for milder flavor. Add tomato puree and tomato paste and keep cooking for 2-3 minutes. Drain out the beans (if you have them soaked) and add it to the mixture. Pour 4 cups of water and let them boil.

When it starts boiling, reduce to low heat, cover the pot and let it simmer for an hour. If the water reduces feel free to add some more. The level of water should be always 2-3cm above the grains.

Vegan Heirloom beans - lebanese fasoulia bi zeit|marmite et ponpon|marmite et ponpon

Serve it hot or at room temperature as per your choice. Eat like a Lebanese with an endless choice of side vegetables like cucumber, tomato, radish, raw or spring onion… or even pickles!

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Classic bulgur pilaf and vermicelli


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Bulgur or burghol in Arabic برغل is the crushed whole raw wheat berries. It provides iron, protein and fiber while it still contains the outer bran and germ of the wheat. With such powerful whole grain, you guarantee a wholesome vegetarian dish,full of nutrients and flavor, plus offering a longer period of satiation, especially during lent, for people abstaining from meat.

Bulgur pilaf with vermicelli is one of my favorite simple dishes, that comes to rescue you on a lazy day. Doesn’t need preparation at all, using one pot and can be served in less than half an hour with a heap of yogurt to seal the deal.

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There is two types of bulgur, one finely crushed we use in kebbeh or tabbouleh and this one, the whole grain cracked in half which is love the texture, firm but soft and fluffy after being cooked, mostly in pilafs.

To serve two people you will need:

  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 2/3 cup vermicelli
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • yogurt to serve with (as er your taste)

Start with cooking the vermicelli with butter and oil until golden brown. Add the bulgur and combine well and cook for another minute before adding the water. When it starts to boil reduce heat to simmer until all water disappears, it will take 20-25 minutes.

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Turn off the heat and cover the pot with a towel for 10 minutes. Open the lid and fluff it with a fork to serve it warm with yogurt or simply as is.

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Purslane, avocado and rocket salad


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An easy and quick salad for those hot days when you look for a refreshing breeze. The blend of purslane, rocket, avocado, tomato, onion and pomegranate seeds make it so flavorful and nutritious.

In the beginning i found it a bit awkward to add purslane to this salad, i am used to the traditional one that mom used to make for us with tomato and cucumber. But since i am a lover of these soft leaves i wanted to give it a try and add it to this unconventional salad.

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For those who doesn’t know, purslane leaves have more omega 3 fatty acids than in some of the fish oils. Surprisingly, 100 grams of fresh purslane leaves provide about 350 mg of alpha linolenic acid. Research studies show that consumption of food rich in omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

Without forgetting it’s very low in calories (just 16 kcal/100g) and fats. This amazing green leafy vegetable is also rich in dietary fibers, vitamins (A, C and some B complex) and minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese). Isn’t it magical?!

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For two, you will need:

  • purslane leaves, almost two cups
  • a bunch of rocket leaves, almost 3 cups
  • one small onion cut a la julienne
  • one medium tomato coarsely chopped
  • one big avocado sliced
  • half cup pomegranate seeds

Mix all together and serve with a vinaigrette dressing (apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil and salt), or lemon and olive oil. Choose upon your taste.

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Vegetarian or vegan people will cherish this treasure. If you are avoiding animal products, go for this healthy dark green leafy vegetable and enjoy all the benefits of fish! I am sure i will be testing other ways to use this highly beneficial purslane and most of all succulent.

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Fasoulia mtabbalĂ© secret seasoning – vegan Lebanese butter beans


fasoulia mtabbale - vegan butter beans|marmite et ponponLebanese mezze are so versatile. You can serve them as appetizers, side dish or even main dish. All  depending on how and with what. During lent, this vegan butter beans mezze (fasoulia mtabbalé) is served with bread or potato to be a main dish.

For 1kg butter beans, boiled until tender (yields 4 servings) you need for seasoning:

 

  • 2 lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste

fasoulia mtabbale -vegan butter beans|marmite et ponponApparently it’s a very easy and quick dish to serve. You boil the beans until tender and you mix with the seasoning ingredients. BUT! there is an astuce to tell you about, that gives the deep flavor and richness. It’s not a secret ingredient but the way you prepare the seasoning!

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When you mix lemon, garlic, oil and salt, take from the beans (half cup almost) and mash it to become like a puree and add it to the seasoning. It gives it a thick texture and coat the beans perfectly when mixed. This way you will taste the deep flavor of seasoning in each bite.

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fasoulia mtabbale-vegan butter beans |marmite et ponpon

One more thing to mention, prepare the fasoulia mtabbalé at least two hours before serving to absorb the seasoning. Serve it at room temperature or cold. Enjoy!

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Mdardara – vegan lebanese lentil and rice pilaf


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This superfood goes beyond having health benefits to amaze you with its delicious taste. It’s only rice and lentils but surprisingly it is so tasty. Another vegan Lebanese traditional dish, fast and easy, to enjoy during lent season and all the time.

mdardara (vegan lentil and rice pilaf)|marmite et ponpon

To prepare this dish you will need:(4 servings)

  • 1 cup brown lentil, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup rice soaked for 10 minutes and drained
  • 2 medium onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cups of water
  • salt to taste
  • 4-5 onions cut a la julienne and fried for garnish

Boil the lentil in 3 cups of water until tender, but firm. Set aside.

Cook the onion in olive oil, until tender and fragrant, add the rice with 2 cups of water and cook. Add the lentils in the last 5 minutes to cook all together. Add salt to your taste.

Fry 4-5 medium onion cut a la julienne until caramelized to top the mdardara before serving. I believe this caramelized onion takes the dish to the next level and adds the deep flavor that makes the difference!

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The best way to eat mdardara is with Lebanese bread, as you may know it’s a staple on every Lebanese table; we eat bread with almost everything. Serve it with a green salad or vegetables such as radish, tomato, cucumber, spring onion… Some people serve it with yogurt.

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